Guide to theWashington-Oregon Canning Pear Association Records 1953-1974
Cage 353

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association
Title
Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association Records
ID
Cage 353
Date [inclusive]
1953-1974
Extent
3850.0 items.
General Physical Description note
2.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Minutes, correspondence, financial statements, price data and production statistics, newsletters and photographs of an association of pear producers. Correspondents include buyers and United States Representative Catherine May.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 353, Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association Records. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association organized in the fall of 1953 and incorporated under Washington Law in March 1959. The expressed purpose of the Association is to: stabilize the canning pear industry, return a fair price to growers, bring about an early price, cooperate fully with all segments of industry, and grow quality pears in the most efficient and scientific manner possible. The Association began as a strictly Washington enterprise and in 1954 the membership was about 600. In 1956 Oregon joined the Association and the membership swelled to over 1000.

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Scope and Contents note

The Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association Records are arranged in five major series: minutes of meetings, office files, buyers files, mimeo file, and photographs. The bulk of the minutes series is arranged in two loose-leaf binders; these minutes are arranged chronologically from March 1954 through June 1962. The remainder of the minutes series is arranged chronologically with the most recent entry first. The office files series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the purchasing organization and chronologically within the individual buyer's file, with the most recent entry first. When the purchasing organization has changed names, the previous names are listed in parentheses in the container list. The mimeo file is arranged chronologically with the most recent entry first. A small group of generally unidentified and undated photographs are the final series.

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Arrangement note

The Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association Records, 1953-1974, are arranged in four series.

The first series, minutes, contains minutes of the directors, general, district, and some committee meetings for the period October 1953 through June 1962. Some correspondence is included in the two loose-leaf binders of the minutes of directors and general meetings. The binders cover the period March 1954 through June 1962. The remainder of the minutes series includes records of district, directors, annual, and committee meetings during the period between 1953 through 1959.

The second series, the office files, includes material from the period between 1953 through 1962 with the bulk of this series centering on the late 1950's. Although there is no formal correspondence file or series, correspondence may be found throughout the office files under the many different subjects included in this series. The office files series contains material on directors, legislation, membership, production surveys, publicity, legal forms and files, and other subjects. Included in the office files series is an imcomplete run of the Association newsletter "The Pear Facts," for the period April 1956 through August 1962.

The third series, the buyers file, is composed of correspondence and purchase and shipping orders from the various companies who bought pears from the Association during the period 1954 through 1974, with the bulk of the material after 1958.

The fourth series, the mimeo file, contains all the mimeographed material sent to the members of the association as well as that material sent to the directors, shippers and purchases, and news releases. Material in this series includes memoranda to the members and directors, shipping information, purchase price negotiations, financial statements from the Association, information on general and annual meetings, news releases, ballots for officers, production and price statistics, and some early issues of the Association newsletter.

The collection also includes some photographs, many of which are unidentified and/or undated, that have been placed at the end as the last series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries ©1978

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records of the Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association were donated to the Washington State University Libraries by the organization through Secretary-Manager Clay Whybark in June 1977 (77-24).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association--Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • May, Catherine Dean Barnes, 1914-
  • Whybark, Clay. WaPS

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture--Oregon--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence
  • Oregon
  • Pear--Oregon
  • Pear--Washington (State)
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Minutes 

Box Folder

Minutes of Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association March 1954-March 1958   121

1 1

Minutes of Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association March 1958-June 1962   120

1 2

Committee Meetings 1953-1957   73

1 3

District Meetings February 1956-January 1958   27

1 4

Minutes of Directors Meetings December 1956-December 1958   58

1 5

Annual Meeting January 1957-March 1958   69

1 6

"Programs, Agendas, Meetings" 1958-1959   13

1 7

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Series 2: Office Files 

Box Folder

Cherry Association Bulletins   12

2 8

"Cooperatives, Material Regarding Entry of" 1957-1958   11

2 9

Directors: 

Box Folder

 March 1957-December 1957   32

2 10

 February 1958-November 1959   103

2 11

 1962   80

2 12

 1963   80

2 13
Box Folder

Farmers Cooperative Service 1956-1962   83

2 14

Legal File 1953-1955   61

2 15

Legal Forms undated   25

2 16

Legislation: 

Box Folder

 1959-1961   77

2 17

 1962   10

2 18
Box Folder

Mailing Permits 1959-1963   70

2 19

Membership: 

Box Folder

General 1959-1962   59

2 20

Lists 1959   5

2 21

General November 1956-December 1958   27

2 22

Newsletters: 

Box Folder

 April 1956-February 1958   30

2 23

 March 1959-August 1962   25

2 24
Box Folder

Northwest Canners and Freezers Association 1958-1959   82

2 25

Organization File September 1953-September 1954   114

2 26

Production Survey: 

Box Folder

Wenatchee 1962   67

2 27

Yakima 1962   72

2 28
Box Folder

Promotion November 1957-January 1959   43

2 29

Publicity: 

Box Folder

 February 1957-September 1958   77

2 30

 January 1959-August 1962   32

2 31
Box Folder

Statistics 1954   27

2 32

Yakima Chamber of Commerce August-September 1962   3

2 33

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Series 3: Buyers File 

"Castle and Cook Foods (formerly Dole, & Paulos Bros.):" 

Box Folder

 February 1959-August 1967   65

2 34

 August 1967-January 1974   41

2 35
Box Folder

Contadina Foods August-December 1967   3

2 36

D and D Canning Co. July 1958-March 1962   14

2 37

Del Monte (formerly California Packing Corp.): 

Box Folder

 February 1958-November 1966   91

2 38

 August 1967-March 1974   55

2 39

Hudson House: 

Box Folder

 September 1955-August 1967   62

3 40

 August 1968-September 1969   5

3 41
Box Folder

J & G Brokerage September 1954-August 1967   46

3 42

"Libby, McNeill & Libby:" 

Box Folder

 November 1957-December 1966   83

3 43

 July 1967-March 1974   42

3 44

Northwest Packing Company: 

Box Folder

 January 1959-July 1967   66

3 45

 August 1967-February 1974   58

3 46

"United States Products, Ind.:" 

Box Folder

 February 1958-August 1967   57

3 47

 August 1967-March 1974   29

3 48
Box Folder

Washington Canners Corp. February 1954-October 1968   94

3 49

Yakima Packing Co. July 1956-July 1962   32

3 50

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Series 4: Mimeo File and Photographs 

Mimeo File 

Box Folder

 1956   90

3 51

 1957-1958   73

3 52

 1959   126

3 53

 1960   92

3 54

 1961   95

3 55

 1962   100

3 56

 1963   95

3 57

 1964   97

3 58

 1965   101

3 59

 1966   74

3 60

 1967   77

3 61

 1968   90

3 62

 1969   87

3 63
Box Folder

Photographs   26

3 64

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